Our Initiatives

Your ENMU Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability. We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at Eastern New Mexico University. In addition to the many initiatives Sodexo takes on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to ENMU.

Waste Reduction

We are trayless in the dining hall, which reduces the amount of water and energy used in the cleaning process.  We also use 100% reusable wares in with the exception of our compostable napkins and to-go ware.

Apex Dish Washing System

As part of its commitment to increase the sustainability of its operations, Dining Services uses Ecolab's Apex dishwashing system. Apex combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of products on the environment, and has a built-in method of measuring results. Apex uses a unique combination of detergents, rinse additives, equipment and consultative services to address the operational challenges in foodservice operations. The Apex management approach uses a tablet PC and wireless technology to communicate with the system's controller to download, process and analyze data to establish each foodservice operation's rack-to-guest ratio. By monitoring and improving this ratio, the system helps reduce the amount of water and energy used at each facility, and improves total operational efficiency. All locations will receive the benefits of using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations' overall impact on the environment. In addition, the Apex system further supports Dining Services' sustainability initiatives with non-caustic chemistry and 95% less packaging material than current methods. Apex products come in a compact solid form that significantly reduces transportation shipments compared to bulkier liquid detergents.

Recycling

ENMU Dining hosts the main recycling program on campus. We recycle cardboard, plastic, aluminum and tin used in our kitchen and retail units. Sodexo also has 40 recyling bins in various buildings throughout the campus for members of the ENMU community to utilize.

Vermicomposting

ENMU Dining now has a vermicompost system, also known as a worm farm. We save our pre-consumer waste from the kitchen and feed worms kept in worm bins in a green house on the ENMU campus. By products from these worms, compost, compost tea, etc. is used in flower and garden beds around campus.

Xprss Nap

Our napkins are made from 100% recycled fiber, 90% post-consumer fibers, using a 100% process chlorine free offering environmental benefits, and is compostable. They are EPA Compliant, ECOLOGO® and Green Seal™ Certified. Compostable Verified by BPI and Independent Verification.

Reusable Cup

We offer a 50% off discount when you use a reuseable cup at all of our retail locations.

Bulk Condiments

In the dining hall we use bulk condiments to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill from portion cups.